The Mercer boys basketball team upended Green City for the third time this season, with Wednesday night’s win ending the Gophers campaign, in a 55-32 final score from Green City High School, broadcast on KTTN FM 92.3.
The Class 1, District 12 semifinal saw Mercer’s success continue to be led by scoring balance and strong defense, as Trey Wilson had 12 points, while Galt Porter tallied 11, with Bryar Noe and Alec Patterson tossing in 10 each. No Gophers were in double figures.
The Mercer boys, at 7:30 on Friday night (KTTN FM 92.3) will play the Novinger Wildcats in the district championship game, a team they throttled in the Milan Tournament title game in January. Novinger, after recent bouts of postseason frustration against Meadville, was able to dethrone the defending Class 1 state champs, 41-35. In a game heard on KTTN, Collin Roberts had 11 points for the Tri-County Champions, while James Brownell had 10 points. Dylan Seckington had 11 points for the Eagles.
Both Class 1, District 12 title games will be broadcast on KTTN on Friday night, with #1 ranked, unbeaten Mercer taking on Linn County in the girl’s championship game at 6:00.
The District 12 champions will move into Class 1 sectional play, and Tuesday night games against the District 11 champions at Kirksville.
Elsewhere in Class 1, the Winston Lady Redbirds sprung a semifinal upset of the GRC’s King City Lady Wildkats in District 14 play at DeKalb High School. Kaytlyn Barnes had 20 points for WHS, with Sophie Pliley adding 10, in a 45-30 victory. Winston will play HDC rival Pattonsburg in Saturday night’s (7 PM) final from DeKalb, after the Lady Panthers took down DeKalb, 47-36. Haleigh Plymell had 22 points and Rheanna Gardner 12 for Pattonsburg in the semifinal triumph.
The North Harrison Lady Shamrocks are into the District 15 girls championship game at Stanberry High School, after a 46-40 victory over Stanberry. Payton Craig led Eagleville with 19 points, while Brandy Rivet had 12, and Haley Craig 11. North Harrison, on Friday night at 6:30, will play the Jefferson Lady Eagles, after Jefferson walloped North Nodaway in semifinal action, 48-10.
The Mound City Lady Panthers are the favorite to win District 16 at Rock Port. Mound City’s girls will play Nodaway-Holt in the semifinals on Thursday night at 6, followed by South Nodaway dueling with a strong North Andrew team at 7:15. The District 16 girls title game is Saturday night at 6 o’clock.